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    Four Civil War-era Diaries. One 1864 diary was kept by Martin Butterfield of Mapleton, Maine, who enlisted in August 1862 in Co. "C", 16th Maine Infantry. He was listed as a POW captured at the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1, 1863) and then at the Battle of Globe Tavern on August 19, 1864. In this diary he records on Friday, August 19, "Capttured at half past three." That was Butterfield's final entry. He died as a POW on November 11, 1864, in North Carolina. The entry on that day begins in the hand of "Mr. Sharp," another POW, and reads in part, "Martin Butterfield Died this evening. . . . This is entrusted to me to transmit as a relic to his Family." Sharp then continued recording daily events until Thursday, December 8. Two days later, another hand records, "Mr. Sharp was taken sick on Thursday last & died this evening. He had this diary in his possession with the hope of returning it to the wife of owner Mrs. Martin Butterfield." Included with this diary is a tintype of a young woman, likely the wife of Butterfield. The three other diaries are dated 1859 (likely kept by a farmer), 1862, and 1864 (likely kept by a civilian whose son was a soldier). All are in clean condition, leather bound, and measure roughly 3.25" x 5".

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